Wednesday, June 28, 2017

WVU’s Ka’Raun White ready to emerge from the shadows

Ka'Raun White (2) participating in wide receiver drills during WVU's spring practice. (Photo Credit: Kelsie VanderWijst, BGS)

Ka’Raun White (2) participating in wide receiver drills during WVU’s spring practice.
(Photo Credit: Kelsie VanderWijst, BGS)

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–West Virginia University wide receiver Ka’Raun White has always been living in his older brother Kevin’s shadow but he is ready to make his own name for himself on the football field.

“I just got to keep on making plays, make a name for myself starting off the first game of the season,” he said. “Just keep going from there.”

Ka’Raun is very similar to Kevin on paper. They have similar skills. The two siblings have the same stature and even a similar hairstyle. Both attended Lackawanna Community College.

While the two brothers may look similar at times, the younger White is much more mellow than his older brother.

“He’s more of a cocky kind of receiver,” Ka’Raun said. “I’m more laid back. I make catches and go back to the huddle or something like that. But he’ll make the catch and let everybody know. I am just one of those guys, quiet and get the job done.”

Ka’Raun came on strong at the end of last season and had a breakout game in the Mountaineers’ Cactus Bowl victory over Arizona State in January. The junior wide out had four catches for 116 yards, with a long reception of 53 yards.

Ka'Raun White (2) lines up against Nana Kyeremeh(14) during a scrimmage. (Photo Credit: Kelsie VanderWijst, BGS)

Ka’Raun White (2) lines up against Nana Kyeremeh(14) during a scrimmage.
(Photo Credit: Kelsie VanderWijst, BGS)

Now, Ka’Raun is just trying to build off of that.

“My confidence level is a lot higher,” he said. “I ended off on a good note. The start of last season wasn’t too good. I didn’t play much and then towards the end I started getting the ball and getting some great yards and great catches. So I am just using that momentum to keep going. And hopefully at the Spring Game, I make a few plays there too.”

The slow start last season for Macungie, Pa. native wasn’t so much about adapting to the game at a high level but it was more about battling injuries.

“I couldn’t stay healthy,” he said. “My shoulder kept messing up. I feel like if my shoulder didn’t mess up late during camp, I would have been contributing to the team a little sooner.”

Once White felt better, he turned his game up on the field and he is hoping to only get better over the summer.

“I just keep working on my speed and my routes and then my stamina,” he said. “Stamina is always the main thing for me because I tend to get tired pretty quick sometimes.”

Ka'Raun White (2) catches a pass during a wide receivers drill during WVU's spring football camp. (Photo Credit: Kelsie VanderWijst, BGS)

Ka’Raun White (2) catches a pass during a wide receivers drill during WVU’s spring football camp.
(Photo Credit: Kelsie VanderWijst, BGS)

The 6-foot-1, 198-pound receiver often turns to his big brother and former Mountaineer star Kevin for guidance.

“Just about every day I send him film,” he said. “He tells me what I need to work on. He’ll send me film of him. The little things. He’ll send me film of other receivers too, to see what I need to work on and change my releases and stuff like that.”

As Ka’Raun makes his own name at WVU and in the football world, he is learning to appreciate the name on the back of his jersey.

“It was a burden before when I gave it up after high school but now I figure it’s a blessing,” he said.

Ka’Raun won’t be the last White brother to don the old gold and blue. Younger brother Kyzir will be joining his brother in Morgantown this upcoming season.

“I am looking forward to it,” Ka’Raun said. “We’re going to be competing a lot. He likes to do one on one drill to see if he can guard me. But I am looking forward to it, been working hard during the offseason.”

Since the brothers play on different sides of the ball, it always makes it fun for them to go up against each other.

“At Lackawanna when he got there, they always had us competing and going up each other so I am sure they going to do the same thing here,” Ka’Raun said.” We’re both looking forward to it.”

It should be fun for Mountaineer fans to see just how Ka’Raun and Kyzir emerge into their own person in the fall.

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